|This page documents a Dragon Age Wiki guideline. It is a generally accepted standard that editors should follow, though it should be treated with common sense, and occasional exceptions may apply.
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The following naming conventions apply for article titles, section headings, categories as well as text within an article. In general, they should be written in correct English, unless they refer to a name or a title.
When to use lowercase Edit
- Creatures. While these types of creature encountered in-game are written are capitalized, they are not names.
- "A rock wraith..."
- "A Rock Wraith..."
When to capitalize Edit
These are treated as names, not nouns:
- Quest, e.g., "The Way It Should Be"
- Item, e.g., "Stonehammer Boots"
- Ability, e.g., "Winter's Blast"
- Place, e.g., "The Hanged Man"
- Any kind of title, event, etc., e.g., "Fifth Blight"
Some words must be always capitalized, regardless of the above guidelines.
- Qunari, despite the fact that it was not capitalized as it is considered a race in Dragon Age: Origins. From the Qunari page:
While all of Thedas identifies the race of horned giants as the qunari, this is inaccurate: qunari means "people of the Qun", and includes any who follow what the Qun teaches. Therefore, any and all who accept the teachings of the qunari, be it humans or elves, are themselves qunari. On the other hand, horned giants who do not are actually Tal-Vashoth.
- Archdemon. Since it's inconsistently capitalized in the Dragon Age series, Archdemon will be considered a name.
- Named creatures, such as Flemeth the Shapeshifter or Gaxkang the Unbound.
Differences between capitalized and non-capitalized words Edit
- Capitalized: "Chantry" refers to the organization or affiliation with it
- Non-capitalized: "chantry" refers to the structure (the distinction is essentially the same as "church/Church" through a Christian/English perspective)
- Capitalized: "Blight" is a period after darkspawn find and corrupt one of the Old Gods
- Non-capitalized: "blight" in the context of darkspawn would refer to the disease that Blights spread
Game terminology Edit
Sometimes, the terminology in Dragon Age: Origins differs from Dragon Age II. In order to keep the wiki consistent, use the established naming convention:
- Helmets (instead of helms)
- Battleaxes (instead of battle axes)
- Chestpieces (instead of chest pieces)
- Upkeep (instead of reserved)
Keep in mind that the list may be subject to changes, but do not change it without discussing it first.
Like the official game guide, the wiki refers to "Acts" for each timeskips in Dragon Age II. Always capitalize them and use the Arabic numeral system when referring to a specific act, e.g.: